We’re pleased to announce that two generous businesses have donated a portion of their apprenticeship levy to fund apprenticeships for six ambitious members of our team here at YMCA Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire Co-op and UK-leading crop production and grain marketing business Frontier Agriculture have kindly donated a total of £46,500 between them, as part of the Government’s apprenticeship levy scheme.
As of April 2019, businesses that pay the levy have been able to donate up to 25 per cent of the annual value of funds to other organisations to use for training their staff, and six members of YMCA Lincolnshire now have the chance to study and progress in their careers thanks to this scheme.
Four of our employees are enrolled on exciting apprenticeships funded by Frontier Agriculture, which has its headquarters in Witham St Hughs near Lincoln, while two others are having their courses paid for by Lincolnshire Co-op.
All six are studying their apprenticeships with Lincoln College to learn vital skills needed in their trades. Assessors will check in with them regularly, ensuring they are fitting in well to the scheme and learning as best they can and offering them tailored support throughout their training.
Corporate Services Director for YMCA Lincolnshire Michael Ward said: “We’re so grateful to these companies for helping to fund quality training which we wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford as a charitable organisation.”
Frontier Agriculture’s part in the funding of the apprenticeships equates to £28,500 of its levy, and this funding will allow YMCA Lincolnshire Climbing Wall Supervisor Jack Drake and Conference and Retail Manager Laura Fisher to attain qualifications.
Jack is undertaking a Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor qualification and Laura is working towards becoming a Level 5 Operations Department Manager.
Also enrolled thanks to Frontier Agriculture are Cecily Mumby, who is undergoing a Level 3 Hospitality Supervisor course, and Rebecca May, who recently began studying a Level 3 Administrator apprenticeship.
Rebecca, an employee of ours for six years, said: “None of us would have been able to do an apprenticeship, which will enable us to develop our skills while staying in jobs we love, without funding from another business.
“I’m really enjoying studying and I love being able to apply the knowledge I’m gaining from it in real life.”
Lincolnshire Co-op has donated £18,000 of its levy to fund apprenticeships for Janet Kirk, studying Level 4 in Professional Accounting, and Rachael Diaz, who will begin studying for a Level 2 Property Maintenance Operative when she enrolls in February 2020.
Both Frontier Agriculture and Lincolnshire Co-op are proud to be able to offer this chance to young professionals looking to train in their career.
Lydia Martin, Early Careers Development Advisor for Frontier Agriculture, said: “Like Lincolnshire Co-op, this is the first time we’ve donated our apprenticeship levy, but being able to give such a valuable opportunity to people from other organisations as well as our own is really rewarding. It’s been great to meet some of the people we’re supporting and put faces to names.”
Matt Brown, Resourcing Manager at Lincolnshire Co-op, said: “We run a number of apprenticeship schemes at Lincolnshire Co-op so we know how valuable they can be in terms of developing talented people who are either just beginning or furthering their careers.
“We’re very excited to be supporting YMCA Lincolnshire as it provides a wide range of much-needed services.”
Nicola Hall, Key Account Manager for Lincoln College, who is assisting with the training, spoke of how essential the use of the levy is. She said: “I would urge businesses that pay the apprenticeship levy to consider donating it to other organisations if they can’t or won’t be using it to develop their own staff, as it’s definitely a case of ‘use it or lose it’.”
Congratulations to all of our apprentices. We’re looking forward to seeing where the future takes you!